District 9 eNews - Thursday, September 15, 2022


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New Threats to Homeless Neighbors


More than four years ago, Metro workers bulldozed a homeless camp and destroyed all of the occupants' belongings, everything those Louisvillians owned, with no warning or notice.  In response, Metro Council passed an ordinance requiring notice before future clearings, which also gave an opportunity to work with homeless neighbors in an attempt to get them into services and hopefully housing.  Under that ordinance, camps can be cleared immediately when there is a risk of harm to public health or safety or in an area where "no camping" notices have been posted and items are regularly removed. There have been many camp clearings under those rules since then, including two pictured here, just last week. 


A new ordinance has now been proposed by three Councilmembers to allow the immediate confiscation of anything placed "for any length of time" on any public property for use when needed or for safekeeping.   It also imposes hefty fines, up to $1,000 for the third offense, for anyone in violation. No notice is required.  There is no requirement that the item impairs anyone's access at all or threatens public safety or health in any way.  

Because it is impractical for people without housing to remain with their personal property at all moments of every day, the proposal has been described, I think accurately, as a crackdown on homelessness. The Coalition for the Homeless opposes the ordinance and wasn’t consulted in its drafting. Nationally recognized legal groups believe the law raises numerous constitutional issues. While it might satisfy the political desire to "do something", it will also be ineffective.  I will continue to speak against it, and I hope you do too. 

There are sensible, humane and legal ways to address the problem of visible homelessness and the Coalition for the Homeless has recommended them here. The new proposed ordinance is a serious step in the wrong direction.       

Road Show – It’s Good News

We’ve had so many road closures in and around District 9 that it’s been hard to keep up - and sometimes to get around.  The good news is that several have ended or are coming to an end. 

Baxter Avenue

Baxter Avenue was closed between Lexington and Liberty for a bridge replacement.  The timeline was much longer than originally anticipated, in part because of supply chain disruptions.  The closure made an already confusing intersection at Lexington, Cooper, and Liberty even more confusing, and potentially dangerous. The good news is that Baxter Avenue reopened last weekend. 

Cannons Lane

Cannons Lane

Cannons Lane has been closed between Beals Branch Road/Wilmington and Pee Wee Reese/ Willis for a long time for major work at an LG&E gas line facility.  That’s created backups and a very large volume of traffic on a narrow Eline Avenue. LG&E told my office this week that milling and paving of Cannons Lane is scheduled for today, Thursday, September 15.  If all goes well, and weather permitting, the road should be opened on Friday, September 16.

Frankfort Avenue

The biggest of the closures, Frankfort Avenue between Stilz and Reservoir, ended a few weeks ago, with one lane of traffic open each way on Frankfort.  Work in the area is obviously ongoing, but Louisville Water expects to have all Frankfort Avenue lanes open by mid to late October. Reservoir Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue are also expected to fully reopen by that time.

Payne Street

Payne Street isn’t really closed to vehicles, but MSD work has reduced traffic to one lane at 1801 Payne Street.  A temporary traffic light has been installed for alternating access to the one available lane and it is expected to be in place through next week.

Drive carefully out there and thank you for your patience!

Give for Good Louisville is TODAY!

Give for Good

Give for Good Louisville, the area’s most generous day of giving hosted annually by the Community Foundation of Louisville, is TODAY, Thursday, September 15, 2022.

The organizations supported by Give for Good Louisville represent our community’s priorities – they see essential needs that aren’t otherwise being met, develop forward thinking solutions, and take the initiative to make a positive change. I encourage you to support your favorite organizations and discover new ones doing important work across Kentuckiana during this community-wide day of giving. Both United Crescent Hill Ministries and St. Matthews Area Ministries are participating today. 

Since its inception in 2014, Give for Good has raised $42.5 million for local organizations in Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Bullitt Counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison Counties in Indiana.

#GiveForGoodLou is TODAY, Thursday, September 15, until 11:59 PM. For more information or to donate go to www.giveforgoodlouisville.org.

Junk Pick-Up in USD October 17th

large item setout

One of the questions we frequently get is “when is the next junk pickup?”. If you live in the 9th District Urban Services District (USD), you may begin setting out your junk Friday, October 14th in the afternoon. All junk must be set out by Monday, October 17th at 6:00 a.m.

Some items (hazardous materials, construction debris, etc.) are not collected and THESE RULES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED. We continue to hear from residents who have set out construction debris and are disappointed when it is not collected, and they are forced to remove it. Please avoid this by following collection guidelines: http://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/junk-and-bulk-trash-disposal.

To sign up for junk set out reminders by email and text, click here! To see if you are in the collection area, go to http://mapit.louisvilleky.gov/, enter your address and check under “sanitation services.”

D9 Fall Community Clean-Up - October 22nd

Since taking office in 2015, we’ve sponsored many Spring and Fall D9 cleanups.  Our last one is coming up and I hope you will mark your calendar and participate.

In partnership with Brightside, volunteers will be working along the Frankfort Avenue corridor, picking up litter, working on tree wells and generally making things brighter and cleaner. Volunteers should plan to meet at 9:00 a.m. at the public parking lot at Frankfort and Keats Avenues. The District 9 office will provide bags, gloves, and tools on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll need to return tools, but you can work wherever you like.

Please mark your calendars and join us.  Here’s a collection of photos from previous cleanups.

D9 cleanup

Clifton Meeting and Photos

Quarterly Meeting

The Clifton Community Council’s Quarterly Meeting is September 20 at 6:00 pm at Northeast Christian Church, 131 Vernon Avenue.  I’ll be in attendance and the neighborhood organization plans to thank Kyle Ethridge, who recently left the D9 office, for her longtime service to Clifton neighbors.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited.

Clifton historic photo

Historic Photo Exhibit

The Clifton Community Council and United Crescent Hill Ministries invite you to attend a reception on Friday, September 23, 7 pm to 9 pm at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 State St., to view the newly refreshed Clifton Historic Photo Exhibit, 43 photos in 25 frames. This is a fundraising event for United Crescent Hill Ministries Food Pantry.

Admission is a $5 cash donation, or canned goods or non-perishable food items for the UCHM Food Pantry.

The event features Jane’s Jazz Addiction, a musical group funded by the District 9 office through the Community Music Partnership Program. Cheese, fruit, hors d’oeuvres and wine will also be available, with sales in cash only, no debit or credit cards.

Clifton and Crescent Hill Area Plan Survey

Clifton & Crescent Hill Neighborhood Plan

The Clifton-Crescent Hill Area Plan is a community-guided process that will develop strategies to make short and long-term improvements for the Clifton and Crescent Hill community. Strategies will focus on ideas related to land use, transportation, and housing. We need your help to craft a plan that reflects everyone’s views.  PLEASE share your vision for the future of Clifton and Crescent Hill with an interactive mapping experience online at www.cliftoncrescenthillplan.com.

There are also separate surveys for each respective neighborhood. The consultants are trying to get targeted information for each neighborhood, but please feel free to complete them both. As of earlier this week, there were 151 survey responses to the online survey (53 for Clifton, 98 for Crescent Hill) and 175 comments on the online interactive map. The survey will remain open until the end of the month. Please participate!

Prizes for Olmsted Parks Photographs

Olmsted photo contest

Put your photography skills to work in Louisville’s beautiful Olmstead Parks. The Tyler Gerth Memorial Photography Contest will consist of five categories, each of which will have one Winner and two Honorable Mentions, and a grand “Best of Show.” This year’s theme is Focus on Olmsted Parks, which include Seneca, Bingham and a small section of Cherokee in D9.

Photographs will be judged on visual appeal, creativity and by category – Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and Smaller Park (under 100 acres). Entry deadline is Friday, October 7, 2022. Winners will be notified by email or phone number listed on the release form. For more information and instructions on submitting photos go to https://www.olmstedparks.org/activities/focus-on-olmsted-parks-with-our-2022-photography-contest/

Get Ready to Vote!


Register by October 11

Election Day – November 8 – is 54 days away and now is the time to register and make a plan to vote. 

The last day to register to vote is October 11, 2022.  Register or check your registration at GoVoteKY.com!  

Election Forums Scheduled

Prepare for the November election by attending 2022 Louisville Election Forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters.  On Monday, October 10 at 5:30 pm, there will be a forum for candidates for Louisville Metro Council District 9 and State Representative District 41 at the Lang House, 115 S. Ewing, beginning at 5:30 pm.

For a complete list of forums,  please click on the link: Louisville Election Forums 2022

Election Officers Needed

Election officers are needed for the General Election on November 8.  Each election officer is compensated $40.00 for attending a 2.5-hour training session before Election Day and $260.00 for working Election Day.  Interested?  For the application and to find out more go to https://jeffersoncountyky.easypollworker.com/home.  There are training sessions beginning September 19 with the last one on October 17. Several are in the District 9 community.

Sign up for the Louisville Solar Tour and EV Experience


The Kentucky Solar Energy Society (KYSES) is thrilled to be back with the ‘in-person’ 2022 Louisville Solar Tour on Saturday, October 1. The tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at 2100 Gardiner Lane. If you are thinking of going solar, adding battery storage to your home, buying an electric vehicle (EV), or installing a home car charger, the event is designed to help you make all the right decisions. Nothing beats talking to those homeowners who have already made the move and will give you unbiased and honest answers on how the process went, and the tips and tricks they picked up on the way.

KYSES has also partnered with Evolve KY, the state's premier EV non-profit and advocacy group to provide chauffeured rides in all the latest EV's to the carefully selected solar show homes! Teslas of all models, Rivians, VW, Kia, Ford, Nissan, Chevy…. take your pick! Click here to Learn more and sign up for free. 

Free Computer Classes – Louisville Free Public Libraries


Did you know that the Louisville Public Free Library offers free computer classes for adults?  In District 9 give your local library a call and set up an appointment to try it out.  Crescent Hill Library (502-574-1793) offers a class September the 24th.  St. Matthews (502-574-1771) offers one on Monday September 26th. These are all day events. Need another date? Visit the LFPL website for more information here.

NQ2 Restaurant ABC Notification

ABC notification

Below, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a NQ2 Restaurant Retail Liquor, Wine, & Malt Beverage license being applied for, located at 2716 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY, 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

District 9 Calendar Events

Below are some Ninth District calendar events!  To view a full listing of events, please visit the District 9 Blog at http://district9news.wordpress.com/.  If you would like to submit events to be considered for the blog calendar please email Bill Hollander or call 574-1109.

Friday, September 16th - September 18th:  Book Sale!! The Friends of the St. Matthews Library will have a book sale Friday September 16th through Sunday September 18th. There will be a lot of adult coffee table books, cookbooks, garden, travel, sports and chess books, CD’s and DVD’s as well as nice children’s books. Many books offered for sale are ideal for giving. Hours will be:

  • Friday, Noon till 5 P.M.
  • Saturday, 10A.M. to 5 P.M.
  • Sunday, Noon to 4 P.M.

Friday, September 16th: Whether you are running or walking at the PLANT 5K (see September 17), or just thirsty, join Louisville Grows at Against the Grain Brewery to support planting 5,000 trees by 2025! Happy Hour prices will be extended to be in place during the Pre-Packet Pickup Event! Louisville Grows appreciates Against the Grain sponsoring its annual fundraiser! For more information go to https://louisvillegrows.org/.

Friday, September 16th: The Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) is hosting their 14th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This year’s event will be in a hybrid format: attendees will be able to attend a family-friendly event at the Sauerbeck Family Drive In located in La Grange, Kentucky or be able to watch the festival online from the comfort of their own homes. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website here.

Saturday, September 17th: PLANT 5K Run & Walk is Louisville Grows’ annual fundraiser to support its mission to grow greener, healthier neighborhoods by planting 5,000 trees by 2025! The race features unique medals, sustainable swag and best practices for an eco-friendly environment. All ages are welcome to participate. For more info visit plant5k.org.

Saturday, September 17th: Fall is Finally Here! Family Storytime at Crescent Hill Library 11:00 AM to 12PM.  Celebrate the season with stories, songs, art and fun for the whole family. For families with children ages 3-8.

Sunday, September 18th: Sensory Friendly Sundays 8:30 AM to 10:30AM at the Louisville Zoo. Walk at your own pace during this program for Zoo fans with sensory needs. Participants will enter the Zoo an hour before it opens to the public and take a guided Zoo walk to orient themselves in the Zoo’s space. After the walk participants will have the opportunity to participate in fun and educational activities in the MetaZoo Discovery Center which will remain a quiet space for participants throughout the day. Find information on this event and others at the Zoo by clicking here.

Saturday, September 24th: There will be a POP-UP DROP-OFF free recycling and large item disposal event at Sun Valley Ball Field (10401 Lower River Rd) and Ashby Lane Baptist (6617 Ashby Ln). Items must be separated into categories for easy off-loading. More information can be found here.

Saturday, September 28th: One way for Louisville to meet its clean energy goals is to learn how other cities are meeting their goals—and that’s the focus of a public virtual forum September 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Speakers at the September event will include Robert McCracken with the Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability, and Sam Avery and Margaret Stewart with the Renewable Energy Alliance of Louisville (100%REAL.) Music by Louisville musician and activist John Gage will open and close the event.  The event is free, but registration is required. Here’s the Zoom link to register. More information is available at the 100%REAL website.

Thursday, September 29th: Volunteer Possibilities for Boomers & Beyond. Adults 55 and over are invited to come explore the many ways your talents, skills and interests can be shared to help others, meet new people, have fun and produce positive community change. Also talk to active volunteers to learn about their positive experiences. This event will be held at the St. Matthews Library location from 2:00 PM - 3:00PM.

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